Gardai in Letterkenny have recovered almost two hundred thousand euro of heavy plant machinery including tractors, diggers and tele-porters.
The goods were removed to a yard in the Dry Arch area of Letterkenny however, overnight a man entered the yard and used petrol in an attempt to set the equipment on fire.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses.
The investigation is being led by Inspector Pat O'Donnell who says that efforts are now being made to return the stolen goods to their rightful owners.
He is also appealing to anyone who may have bought heavy plant machinery at below market cost to come forward. [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/patod.mp3[/podcast]